Batman Incorporated #8

Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Chris Burnham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 35 User Reviews: 17
8.2Critic Rating
9.4User Rating

Everything Grant Morrison has been planning since the start of BATMAN, INCORPORATED leads to this stunning issue! You must not miss this one!

  • 10
    Fanboy Buzz - TommyZimmer Mar 5, 2013

    Chris Burnham with friend Jason Masters illustrates it nicely. What you usually expect from Burnham is there with a little help from Masters. It is beautiful and sad when the inevitable comes. Everything is paced well, and the story moves quite nicely. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Andrew Taylor Mar 5, 2013

    Whether or not Damian comes back isn't important, and neither is the gruesomeness of his death: all that matters is he lived. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Gotham Spoilers - Gotham Spoilers Feb 27, 2013

    I've seen a lot of screwed up stuff in my time reading super hero comics, and it's easy to dismiss stuff like this to be sales gimmicks or for shallow shock value, but when you strip away the jaded cynicism that many readers have towards death in comics, there is a truly sad and tragic story to be read, the likes of which I haven't read in a very long time. I absolutely hate the outcome of the book, but stripping way the emotions, and looking at this issue in an objective light, it is hard to deny the masterfully told story at hand. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - John Barringer Feb 28, 2013

    It's always hard for me to sum up feelings for any individual issue of Grant Morrison's Batman run because it's really one long saga that just happens to be broken up; the story flows in arcs, not issues. But as a single issue this has got to be one of the biggest, saddest, and most epic of Morrison's entire run. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 2, 2013

    Fantastic issue and great final battle for Damian. I've talked a lot about Damian this week, so I won't say much here, but he is really cool in this issue, and I especially liked the team up once again of Dick and Damian. That was easily my favorite scene of the week. The rest of the issue is good too. Red Robin gets a moment to shine, which always makes me happy. And Morrison and Burnham expertly controlled the drama and rising tension of the issue, bringing it to a tragic ending. Knowing Damian's fate beforehand actually heightens the tension as you read through Damian's final moments of heroism. Plus, if we didn't know he was dead for real, then those of us who are jaded by comic books would expect him to recover from that fatal wound at the end. Solid issue all around, and I'm definitely excited to see where Morrison goes next. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Feb 28, 2013

    Goodnight, Sweet Prince. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Andrew Sadowski Feb 27, 2013

    Damian Wayne is dead, long live Damian Wayne. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Modern Age Comics - Alexander Moser Feb 28, 2013

    The art in Batman Incorporated is nothing short of excellent. Burnhamdraws a certain subtlety which one picks up if they look close enough.For example, scan the background of a panel, and notice how it changesfrom point to point, and not a single detail is wasted. Jagged panelsgiving us small glimpses of being captured in the safe with Brucegives the feeling of claustrophobia and urgency. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 27, 2013

    So the twist is handled well, but I have yet to be convinced it's the best direction for the series to take. It seems to kill a lot of future storytelling potential for the sake of immediate drama. But there are also four issues remaining on this series, and it's probably a safe bet that Morrison has more up his sleeve. After all the excellent stories that have come out of this run in the past seven years, he certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson Feb 28, 2013

    Much like the recent end of 'Death of the Family,' this is a huge turning point that's hard to judge without knowing where it will lead. However, as a single issue, "Batman Incorporated" #8 is a masterstroke in graphic story telling and a fantastic continuation of Morrison's Batman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Russ Feb 27, 2013

    Although DC divulging the issue's conclusion is a bit of a letdown and screams "desperate marketing plea," Morrison continues to craft a story that is worthy of celebration. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Feb 27, 2013

    "Batman Incorporated" #8 is an elegantly constructed comic, one that brings you so much joy and fun before everything comes crashing down. But here's the good news: if there's one thing Morrison loves to do, it's bring heroes to their lowest point before letting them rise again. We've got four more issues for a ray of hope to return. Will you be reading? You should be. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Mike Cecchini Mar 6, 2013

    Perhaps sensing the end is near, and definitely not giving a damn, Damian says to Nightwing, "We were the best, Richard, no matter what anyone thinks." That got me. A few years ago, I never would have thought that possible. But now? I think Damian has a point. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Therapy - Cody Feb 28, 2013

    You either have or are going to get this issue. The good thing is that it's actually good. It doesn't rely on the death gimmick for its punch. Morrison writes a great script, but it's Burnham that blows you away. It's an incredibly fun issue until you get the gut punch that is the last 4 pages. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 28, 2013

    Recommended - if you can find a copy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Mar 6, 2013

    This book has been the place where Leviathan grew and grew. This, and Batman and Robin, and Batman itself, have been the place where Damian realized he was a hero, not a villain. All in-born arrogance to the contrary, he liked beating the bad guys, without an agenda of domination of his own. In these stories, Damian took the risky position of siding with his father against his mother, thus making an enemy of an insanely vindictive criminal. These are risks that heroes take every day, and Damian has proved his bravery many times over. He even gets a touching moment of bonding with Dick, celebrating the team they formed while Bruce was time-lost, which was pretty great, he's right about that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Crux - Jessica Tarnate May 10, 2013

    From what Ive heard at my LCS and online, people are pretty pissed about Damians death. And rightfully so. Hes probably my favorite Robin at the moment, and to have him suffer a graphic death only eight issues into the series is a big risk. But I admire Morrison for doing something so risky. Unlike Scott Snyders ending to Death of the Family, which felt like a tremendous letdown, Morrison is not afraid to pull a bold move that may not sit well with fans. Plus, we all know that characters in comics dont have to stay dead. Ive got faith that Morrison knows what hes doing, and probably has more shocking plot points in future Batman Incorporated issues. But that doesnt mean everyone will like it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Gavin Craig Feb 27, 2013

    If you're the sort of person affected by acts of great sacrifice in the face of impossible odds, you'll find it moving. If you're the sort of person bothered by the depiction of acts of violence visited on a ten-year-old boy, you'll find it rather disturbing. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Feb 28, 2013

    While I still question the ultimate necessity of Damian's death, I can't deny that within Morrison's greater work, it is completely well-earned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhatCulture - Costandinos Karalis Feb 28, 2013

    Despite the Robin-related business, the issue was very good, it was heavy in action and told the story that Morrison had started six years ago. Batman Inc. #8 is a must read for anyone and I highly recommend the entire series to anyone who hasn't read it yet. The art was great and held up to the already-high standards the series has put forth. There wasn't anything that fell short of my expectations and I hope that the series keeps up the goo work. With the much needed publicity and momentum of this issue, Batman Inc. could become a top seller. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Andrew Asberry Feb 27, 2013

    It's probably going to go down as the most important moment in Batman comics this year and it's pretty touching too. Damian Wayne has come a long way and I have to admit I'm pretty sad to see him go, but at least he went out in style. The talk he has with Dick Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 1, 2013

    Death in comic books is sort of silly. I doubt Robin will stay dead and that makes the issue really miss if, in fact, there is some permanence in this death. It also doesn't help that a Robin has already died (albeit 25 years ago). The book is a good read and those following Morrison's run will love it. If you are curious about what happens you probably aren't missing very much. The good news is that another comic book character will probably die next month anyway. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Mar 5, 2013

    Its weird that I kind of felt bad for her considering she is responsible for her sons death. We all have come accustomed to the death and resurrection cycle in comic books. Still, we rush out and buy a copy because it will be worth a lot of money someday. Im not passing judgment since I did the same exact thing but it makes you think about what we look for in our comics. Do we want well written and well drawn material, or just shocking events that will get people talking? The bottom line: If you are a collector then you should grab one and if not, check it out for the sake of being in the loop. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Blue Raven Comics - Justin Barnes Mar 3, 2013

    Batman Inc. #8 was a great improvement from last month and was a good read. There wasn't a lot Batman in this issue like last month, however all the other characters and action were so well done I hardly noticed. Morrison has reached another climax in his seven year Batman story arc and I am not sure where he is going from here; I know I will be along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 5, 2013

    Although not the best issue in this series, or the best death in comic book history, this was still a very good book, and I for one am looking forward to seeing how this affects Batman. I would highly recommend this, and the rest of the series as it's a truly wonderful series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 27, 2013

    The moment teased in issue #1 is finally here. We get a good issue showcasing what Damian is capable of. Seeing his interaction with Dick Grayson makes you long for the time when they were partners. Batman's battle against Talia and Leviathan has reached its climax but it's not quite over yet. Talia makes a bold move that will cause repercussions in the rest of the Bat-titles. The comic is well laid out and the action is highlighted by the focus each panel has on the action and the colors enhance it all. A scene with Red Robin unfortunately feels a little out of place but does serve to explain where Tim is when it all hits the fan.It's not the fault of the comic but the events would have been more powerful to readers if the outcome hadn't already been announced earlier in the week. Is this the end for a certain character? We'll have to see what happens in the next issue and other Bat-titles. R.I.P. indeed little fella. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 27, 2013

    Anyone interested in Gotham's future should give this book a read " and considering how far Damian Wayne had to come to become accepted as the new Boy Wonder, I think that's about as fitting of a sendoff as he could get. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Feb 27, 2013

    With Batman Incorporated #8 Grant Morrison delivered one of the best issues of his Batman run to date. From top to bottom Morrison was able to weave an incredible story that not only showed the evolution of Damians character as Robin but also how parents being so focused on fighting one another will blinds them to how the fighting effects their child, which was the case for Bruce and Talia. Helping things out are scenes such as Nightwing and Robins team-up only help elevate the story as you awaited what Morrison had in store for us when we reached the end. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Feb 27, 2013

    As you can tell I am completely and utterly upset about this book. Damian in my eyes has grown to be my favorite Robin and now he is gone. The feeling of lost for one of your favorite characters has happened to most people but for me this one's extra sad and I feel like I lost a friend. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Mar 1, 2013

    But, there's something, not sure what that just feels empty to me with how this act goes down. The emotional part of it is missing to me and overall that's a let down. I think the greater impact of this issue will be the aftermath shown in other books, because based off of this issue, we'll have to look for that key component elsewhere. That's where I'm hoping to find that feeling of loss that this issue lacked. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 1, 2013

    It was good up till the end, I felt it was just rushed and came up out of no where, which is really impressive considering I knew it was going to happen. If you read any Batman title, this book was worth reading since it should have a big impact on all of them. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Fanboy Buzz - ChrisDeneen Mar 3, 2013

    To wrap things up this issue had one single defining moment to it that was good. The rest I could take or leave. At this point Im looking forward to seeing how the Batman books will be affected by the events of this issue. We may have lost an awesome character but change is always a good thing even if it takes a little getting used to. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Mar 1, 2013

    Grant Morrison does have his fans but his runs on Batman and Superman have left me flat and uninterested in his takes on mainstream super-heroes. The fact that a major death happened in a B-list Batman title shows how much the heads at DC need to get sales of Batman Incorporated to rise. It sells between one-third and one-half that the main Batman books do and one cannot help but wonder if this was an attempt to get uninterested readers to pick up the book. If they did I doubt many will be staying around for long. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Following The Nerd - Christopher Williams Mar 1, 2013

    No matter what the reason, overall this was just an okay installment in the Batman Inc. line and I have to say, a little disappointing given Morrison's great story telling up to this point. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Mar 1, 2013

    There's much speculation about who will fill the shoes the shoes of Robin whether it be Tim Drake, Helena, or even Stephanie Brown (who has yet to appear in the new DCU). Whatever the case, Damian's death wasn't necessary to accomplish the goal of replacing him as Robin, nor does his death serve any long term purpose in terms of Batman stories going forward (once DC moves past the obligatory couple months of characters grieving his death). This is a mistake and, as many of Morrison's stories are, a badly written one. Pass. Read Full Review

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